A Tour of P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain
Back to those dead trees though:
|While I was supposed to be listening to a presentation, I couldn't help but be distracted by 'Duncan'. He kept nuzzling my feet :)|
Short Story: See those chickens to the left and right of the frame? Notice how their "necklace" is black against a white background. If you look closely at the chicken in the middle, her necklace is lighter in color - almost a lavender. I asked Allen about this chicken and he said that it is specifically the 'Coronation Sussex', named in honor of the coronation of King George. As far as I could research, this particular chicken was "gone" after World War 2, but through breeding the strain has been "created" again. In other words, the recessive gene that causes the lighter coloring was still present, but no actual chickens were around in the states with that coloring. Due to scarcity, most prices I have seen online for a coronation sussex is in the hundreds of dollars. P. Allen Smith is an advocate for the maintenance of these heritage breed chickens and is determined to increase their numbers. To learn more, you can visit Heritage Poultry HERE.
This little house is located behind the main house and set adjacent to a twin that houses the "summer kitchen". If I were to choose two outbuildings I would dream of having -- I think summer kitchen and art studio top the list. Don't you?? Moss Mountain has much more than 2 outbuildings though. The garden is peppered with "sheds" (I use that word gently here as the sheds at Moss Mountain are well designed focal points -- not the ugly metal things most of us have in the backyard) and meeting spaces perfect for events, weddings and friendly gatherings.
Moss Mountain Interior
|Front Porch and P. Allen Smith|
|Guest Room and Master|
|Kid's Room Attic Window and Porch Vista|
|I was tempted to slide a copy of Crafting With Nature onto one of those piles, but I resisted.|
The event was sponsored by gardening brands that P. Allen personally vetted, now uses and supports. There will be more to come from each of them as I get back to my Pennsylvania garden and dig in. I am excited to work with these brands focused on sustainable gardening practices and gardens that are accessible to all.